|Cornucopia - The Horn of Plenty|
What Do We Wish For?
What kind of things would you fill your horn of cornucopia with this Thanksgiving? The winter months can seem so barren as the trees grow bare and the we no longer see our beautiful gardens in bloom. But that doesn't mean we can't grow plants indoors! There are many winter flowers that can decorate your home during the holidays and all winter long. For example, the poinsettia plant, African violets, primrose and the Christmas rose.
There are plenty of fruits and vegetable that are in season that have much nutritional value. Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to stop eating fresh or local fruits and vegetables. Here are a just a few of my favorites that you can include this season.
- Pomegranates - A featured fruit in Greek mythology, just like the cornucopia, this delicious and beautiful fruit is called the jewel of autumn. Pomegranates are high in antioxidants and may help break down LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Apples - A great snack when you're craving sweets, or chop them up and add them to a vegetable salad or to leftover turkey salad this holiday.
- Blood Oranges - High in vitamin C these are a taste of sunshine on a cold winter's day. During the cold and flu season, vitamin C is a must.
- Cranberries - Sweet and tasty, they are high in antioxidants and can help prevent urinary tract infections.
- Radishes - A great low-cal snack by themselves or in a salad, they add color and taste.
- Sweet Potatoes - A thanksgiving dinner favorite, they are lower in carbohydrates than white potatoes and high in potassium.
- Rutabagas - Sweet and nutty and great in stews or mashed with a butter substitute to keep this root vegetable low in calories and carbohydrates.
Making a cornucopia as a table centerpiece can be a fun craft for kids over the holidays. Craft stores are a great place to by a horn shaped basket without going to a lot of expense. It can be filled with fresh fruits and set on the table to add color and serve as a nutritious, low calorie desert after thanksgiving meals. It can also be filled with plastic fruits and flowers if it's a decoration you'd like to keep from year to year. Either way, it's a colorful bit of ancient history to include on your holiday table.
|Example of mosaic cornucopia from kaboose.com|
- Stuff the cornucopia with other objects. You could fill it with canned goods and donate them to a local food shelter or a neighbor in need. Or wrap up leftovers and put them in a cornucopia basket for guests to take home.
- Make a mosaic cornucopia for a wall hanging decoration.
| The horn of plenty, part of ancient history and a |
Thanksgiving tradition, as this photo from